"It’s a potentially important issue at hand: as Billboard explains, Google is asking the court to declare that the links in its search results (to copyrighted material) don’t constitute a copyright violation. "
The way I read the article, Google isn't suing the indie record label.
Same thought than Roger, Google isn't suing the label company
Concurr. Google isn't suing the record label; Google is asking for a preliminary legal judgement that its linking to results at Rapidshare (a P2P file discovery/ distribution channel) do not violate any real or imaginary rights of said label. It is thus creating a prejudicate, at next to no cost to itself. The Sydney Morning Herald's headline writers have but scanned the content of the text, picked some keywords of potentially sensational value, and made up the headline from that. Standard Operating Procedure in the overworked newsrooms of today, where there is never enough time to read and approve everything in granular detail.